Tuesday, June 7, 2011

World's biggest Internet test on Wednesday

Here is an interesting article I just read on rediff.com:

If on Wednesday you find it difficult to connect to websites, such as Facebook or Google, don't worry these sites, along with hundreds of others, will be running the world's biggest test to make the Internet a much bigger place.
Currently, the online world runs Internet Protocol version 4, but with new addresses, or websites, being added every day, the system is running out of space to host these addresses, therefore Internet companies will carry out a test on Wednesday to check IPv6 compatibility. According to Arin (the American Registry for Internet Numbers), the number of IPv4 addresses will be exhausted before the end of 2011.
Think of it this way: When a telephone company runs of out of digits, it adds one more number. The same rule applies to Internet.
Read this article on rediff.com here: